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Tulsa Geological Society


Tulsa Geological Society Digest
Vol. 25 (1957), Pages 60-68

Geology and Geophysics of the Gulf of Mexico

Paul L. Lyons


The combined geology and geophysics of the Gulf of Mexico make this vast basin area an anomaly unique on the crust of the earth. The Gulf is a great gravity maximum and is relatively featureless in its magnetic picture.

The conclusion is warranted that the central Gulf itself is an undisturbed portion of the earth's crust destined to sink further and to receive many thousands of feet of sediments which will be deposited in discreet limited basins encroaching from the shore of the North American continent.

Moot questions are: The amount of sediments in the Gulf and the extent of the Jurassic (?) salt.

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